Alternatives to the Site C Dam Will Create Way More Jobs: UBC

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Alternatives to the Site C Dam Will Create Way More Jobs: UBC Analysis

By Judith Lavoie

Alternatives to the $10 billion Site C dam would produce significantly more jobs than construction of the controversial hydroelectric dam, according to a new study led by the University of British Columbia.

The analysis by researchers from UBC’s Program on Water Governance found that if Site C is scrapped, there would be modest job losses in the short-term — 18 to 30 per cent until 2024 — but job gains of between 22 and 50 per cent through 2030. Read more.

Q&A: Why the Fate of Canada’s Peel Watershed Rests in the Supreme Court’s Hands

By James Wilt

The fate of the Yukon’s Peel Watershed — one of the most pristine wilderness areas in Canada and home to four First Nations — will be decided by the Supreme Court of Canada on Dec. 1.

What lies in store for the Peel will be determined by future land-use planning in the territory and whether and how those plans grant industry access to the undeveloped region. David Loeks, who served as chair of the six-member independent land-use planning commission, tells us why the region's land use plan ended up in the courts. Read more.

VIDEO: B.C. Farmed-Salmon Processing Plant Captured Releasing Bloody Effluent into Coastal Waters

By Carol Linnitt

Underwater footage shows farmed-salmon processing plants releasing untreated effluent directly into B.C. coastal waters in Campbell River and Tofino.

The footage, recorded by photographer and filmmaker Tavish Campbell, shows the bloody discharge billowing into ocean waters via underwater pipes. Read more and watch the video.

B.C. Urged to Review Industry-Funded Science Behind Approval of Gravel Mine

By Judith Lavoie

A controversial proposal for a gravel mine at the mouth of a salmon-bearing creek on Howe Sound is a graphic illustration of a broken environmental assessment process — one that relies on science paid for by the proponent, say opponents of the Burnco Aggregate Project on McNab Creek. Read more.

Q&A with Chris Turner on the People, Pipelines and Politics of the Oilsands

By Jimmy Thomson

Chris Turner's The Patch: The People, Pipelines and Politics of the Oil Sands is the story of how the oilsands industry came to be, how it scraped by through its infancy to become the roaring engine of Canadian industry in the early 2000’s. Its cycles of boom and bust have built fortunes and shifted the gravitational centre of Canada to a once-quiet patch of Boreal forest and yet the same ambitious industrial vision that stoked the fire may yet snuff it out. Read more.

First Nations Warn the Province Could Face Billion Dollar Lawsuit If Site C Goes Ahead

By Judith Lavoie

Leaders of the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations are warning that the B.C. provincial government will face a billion dollar lawsuit over treaty violations if it decides to go ahead with the controversial Site C dam. Read more.

The Disturbing Double Meaning of Trudeau's 'Sunny Ways'

By Kai Nagata

“Sunny ways, my friends. Sunny ways!” For most people, that line in Justin Trudeau’s victory speech two years ago heralded a return to “positive politics” after 10 years of Stephen Harper’s icy glare.

It’s also a reference to tricking someone into taking their clothes off. Read more.

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